Group Three Betting Guide
|Date:||Saturday, February 4, 2023|
It all started for the Manfred Stakes in 1969 when Anvil saluted at Caulfield.
Since then, the Manfred Stakes has developed into a popular Group 3 race over 1200m for three-year-olds run in February, at the same course it all began at.
It is run under set weight and penalty conditions and has a purse of AUD $200,000, making it a race trainers and jockeys are desperate to compete in.
2023 Manfred Stakes betting odds
Markets for the 2023 Manfred Stakes are currently unavailable.
How to bet on the Manfred Stakes
All Australian online bookmakers featuring horse racing will have Caulfield races available to bet on. This means the Manfred Stakes can be wagered upon as soon as acceptances are in. Like most Group 3 races the Manfred Stakes does not have an all-in or futures market weeks out from the race.
2022 Manfred Stakes result
Recent runnings of the Manfred Stakes:
- Having shown his class in the spring, the CIaron maher & David Eustace-trained Generation returned with a dominant win in the Manfred. The race looked to be a race in two between he and the previously undefeated Unflinching, with Generation getting the chocolates as a $1.85 favourite. The win remarkably handed jockey Jye McNeil a fourth consecutive win on the Caulfield card.
- Despite the proven class of Aysar and Tagaloa, the Matt Laurie-trained Portland Sky showed the racing world his untapped potential when leading throughout the Manfred Stakes. Despite looking vulnerable at the furlong marker, Portland Sky responded under the urgings of Luke Currie and continually held the one length margin approaching the winning post and signalled his intent to go around in a race like the Oakleigh Plate.
- Having claimed the Caulfield Guineas in the spring, the Anthony Freedman-trained runner showed his class when first-up in the Manfred. Having settled on the heels of the leader, Mark Zahra looked to angle off the fence when approaching the turn and despite Super Seth not quickening initially, he really knuckled down over the final 100m to sprint clear and signal his autumn intentions.
- The James Cummings-trained Tin Hat returned from a spell having been gelded and the ultimate gear change did the trick when claiming the Manfred Stakes making it three wins in a row since the operation. Since winning the Manfred Stakes, Tin Hat has been sold to Hong Kong and is now known as Beauty Rush. Having kicked clear upon entering the straight having taking up the running, the Godolphin gelding managed to keep finding under Damian Lane, despite rivals coming at him left right and centre inside the final furlong.
- Having shown plenty of promise in the spring, the Darren Weir-trained Cliff’s Edge kicked off his autumn campaign with a superb win in the Manfred Stakes. Having gained an economical run in transit under Johnny Allen, Cliff’s Edge needed a touch of luck when cornering, but when a gap appeared on the rail, the three-year-old quickened nicely and managed to sprint the better, despite there looking like four genuine winning chances with 100m to go.
- Legless Veuve wasn’t fancied by punters leading into the race, but the only filly of the field gave the boys a lesson. The Stuart Webb-trained daughter of Pins sat outside the speed which was set by Into Orbit before pulling away in the straight. It defeated the likes of Hey Doc, Morton’s Fork and the well-backed Derryn. The three-year-old paid $17.30 for the win, despite winning some good form races last preparation.
- Mornington trainer Jason Warren’s three year old Puritan marked itself as a horse of the future, defeating a field of promising colts and geldings. Paying $21, Puritan defeated pre-race favourite Golden Spin ($2.60) and Read For Victory, which paid $9. Nick Hall rode the victorious horse.
- It was the Freedman family taking the chocolates this year, with champion hoop Damien Oliver steering Java to the title. It was the Freedman’s first big win since teaming up under the same banner. Java had previously won three successive races in a lower grade and his fitness showed, beating home Sandown Guineas winner Petrology with Affirmation third.
- Bull Point was too good for Gai Waterhouse and jockey Damien Oliver over the 1200m journey. After jumping perfectly and settling into a nice position, Bull Point drew level with the leader Worth A Ransom at the 200m metre mark, before kicking away to win by just over a length. Worth A Ransom and The Quarterback filled out the minor placings.
- Mirage, or Royal Haunt as the horse was racing as in 2013, proved too strong despite an atrocious record of getting out of the barriers cleanly. Jockey Luke Nolen rode it superbly as he worked through the field before easing to a four length victory. The Hard Spun gelding was trained by Peter Moody and was to go on and race in Hong Kong. Greg Eurell-trained pair Force Command and Hosting finished second and third.
- Favourite and top weight Mosheen proved too strong with almost a two length victory for jockey Danny Nikolic and trainer Robert Smerdon. It was Mosheen’s first race since wining the Crown Oaks with the 1200m victory in the return to the track coming as somewhat of a surprise given the horse is better over the mile. That’s The One and Highly Recommended rounded out the placings.
Previous winners of the Manfred Stakes
|Manfred Stakes Past Winners|
|2022||Generation||Jye McNeil||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|2021||Portland Sky||Luke Currie||Matt Laurie|
|2020||Super Seth||Mark Zahra||Anthony Freedman|
|2019||Beauty Rush||Damian Lane||James Cummings|
|2018||Cliff’s Edge||John Allen||Darren Weir|
|2017||Legless Veuve||Mark Zahra||Stuart Webb|
|2016||Puritan||Nicholas Hall||Jason Warren|
|2015||Java||Damien Oliver||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|2014||Bull Point||Damien Oliver||Gai Waterhouse|
|2013||Mirage||Luke Nolen||Peter Moody|
|2012||Mosheen||Danny Nikolic||Robert Smerdon|
|2011||Enjin Number Nine||Glen Boss||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra|
|2010||Denman||Kerrin McEvoy||Peter Moody|
|2009||Nicconi||Brad Rawiller||David Hayes|
|2008||Turffontein||Larry Cassidy||Anthony Cummings|
|2007||Haradasun||Nash Rawiller||Tony Vasil|
|2006||Thin And Crispy||Luke Nolen||Peter Moody|
|2005||Niconero||Nash Rawiller||Tony McEvoy|
|2004||Keep The Faith||Patrick Payne||Tony McEvoy|
|2003||Conspectus||Noel Callow||Mick Price|
|2002||Don Eduardo||Damien Oliver||Lee Freedman|
|2001||Academy Dancer||Brett Prebble||David Hall|
|2000||Freemason||Darren Gauci||John Hawkes|
Manfred Stakes winners pre-2000
|Manfred Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000|
|1984||Pride Of Kellina|
|1983||To The Wind|
|1973||Flying Gem / Gala Supreme|
|1972||Andros / Downland|